The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove (WCCG), 2985 S. Bayshore Dr., hosted an “Artsy Happy Hour” on Sept. 12.
The club invited two local artists to exhibit their work and to interact with the guests. The evening was full of energy and interesting conversations as everyone circulated through the historical building’s Grand Room. Patrons were able to speak with both artists, enjoy the exhibited art and purchased pieces directly from the artists.
The main attraction was artist Luis Berros creating a live painting, during the event. As the guests spoke to him and asked questions about his work, Berros painted a piece, which he then donated to the club. He also exhibited a few other art pieces from his series “Dreamers: Childhood Unplugged. “
He explained that those images were inspired by the young children who work the farmlands in the U.S., whose main concern is to help their parents make a living. He mentioned that his main goal was to create visuals that foster empathy and appreciation for the American Dream in the viewer.
Photographer Franco Campesato, an old-school film photographer, exhibited his work.
Campesato develops his own negatives and prints in his darkroom, almost a lost art in today’s digital age. His extroverted personality attracted the audience with stories about his passion for photography, life experiences and specially about his “street photography.”
Thie event was the WCCG’s third art-related function this year. This is all part of the club’s effort to maintain its legacy for being a cultural hub in the community. The club was founded in 1891 and since the very beginning, it has been strong supporter of the arts, conservation and education.